Humanize, Not Militarize

April 14, 2017 | 5:30

Humanize, Not Militarize
Apr. 7-16 exhibit in Channing Hall
Friday, Apr. 14, 5:30 pm potluck, 7:00 film “After Spring”

Albany UU and Women Against War (WAW), will host an exhibit of 48 posters entitled “Humanize, not Militarize.” The display has been put together by the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers), and will be on view in Channing Hall from April 7-16.   The individual posters have been created by a variety of individuals and groups, and seek to stimulate thinking about the many ways militarism affects our everyday lives – in the environment, our economy, our treatment of refugees, our education, our safety and security framework.  It highlights alternatives and positive nonviolent solutions, and invites visitors to engage in dialogue by leaving their own art or comments in response.

Women Against War is an organization that brings together Capital District women to work for peace.  It was founded in 2002 in response to the Iraq War, and in the years since has become a vital participant in the larger national and international peace and justice movement.  It is based on the belief that war is not the answer to conflict, and that women can lead the way to developing alternatives to violence.  “Humanize, not Militarize” is being shown at Albany UU as part of that focus, and will visit a number of other local venues as well, such as Capital Repertory Theatre, Russell Sage College, and the Performing Arts Center at the State University of Albany.  For more information, please visit the WAW website at   

In conjunction with the exhibit, a one-time screening of Jon Stewart’s film “After Spring” will be held in Channing Hall, on Friday, April 14, at 7:00.  “After Spring” is the just-released, critically praised documentary about the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp.  The filmmakers explain, “Our goal was to put a face to the Syrian refugee crisis.  Unfortunately, the need for empathy and understanding has never been more urgent. We implore everyone to watch this film and spend some time with these two families who are affected by war and are now seeking safety.  We hope that someday soon…..refugees will again be welcome in the United States.”  The film is being jointly sponsored by the Social Responsibilities Council and WAW, and is open to the public.  Admission is free, and visitors are encouraged to learn more about “After Spring” on Facebook.  There will be a potluck supper for Albany UU members and friends at 5:30pm, prior to the film showing.